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Valentine’s Day Japanese 8-course Dinner for Two

The Menu

Tuna Tartar Salad

Sashimi Combo

Berkshire Pork Cutlet

Chicken and Seafood Casserole

Sushi Combo

Wild Mushroom and Tofu Miso Soup

Belgian Chocolate Ice Cream

Strawberry Yogurt Drink with Rose Syrup

Eat Apples for A Healthy Heart

An apple a day keeps the doctor away – and researchers at The University of Western Australia (UWA) and the Department of Agriculture and Food are closer to understanding exactly why.

A three-year research project has found apples rich in flavonoids – a common plant pigment compound – have the potential to improve heart health.

The research, funded by the department and the Australian Research Council, provides the foundation to develop new apple varieties with enhanced health benefits.

The study was published in the Free Radical Biology and Medicine Journal.

The research team set out to examine the heart health benefits of apples rich in flavonoids, which are often referred to as antioxidants.

“The acute effects of flavonoid-rich apples were assessed in 30 healthy men and women over one day. Participants were given an apple meal that either was or wasn’t enriched with apple flavonoids. The treatments were switched on different days, at least one week apart, so all participants had each treatment,” the lead researcher said.

“We found that flavonoid-rich apples improve blood vessel relaxation and enhance nitric oxide status – the molecule that causes blood vessel relaxation. A reduced ability of the blood vessels to relax may cause high blood pressure and heart disease.”

25 advanced pre-breeding varieties and seven commercial varieties were screened for flavonoids.

The popular WA-bred Cripps Pink variety (sold as Pink Lady) had the highest flavonoid level, which was found mainly in the skin.

“From this research we now know that apples have the potential to contribute to a direct and measurable effect on human health. This information will help to develop new apple varieties with increased flavonoid levels in either the skin or the pulp or the whole fruit. This is a long term investment, because it takes several years to develop a new apple variety,” the researchers commented.

Source: The University of Western Australia

An Unusual Dessert with Egg

Ingredients

1 grapefruit
2 oranges
1/3 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean, split and centre scraped out
1 tomato
6 eggs
1 cup white wine vinegar sugar for sprinkling

Syrup

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 bunch fresh mint, coarsely chopped

Tuile
2½ oz butter, melted
2 tbsp icing sugar
pinch of salt
2 tbsp orange juice
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 egg whites

Method

  1. The night before, peel fruit and reserve. Remove as much pith from peel as possible.
  2. Meanwhile, in medium saucepan, over medium heat, combine peel, sugar and the centre of vanilla bean with enough water to cover by 2 inches; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 1 hour. Drain peel, cover with plastic wrap and set aside.
  3. On day of preparation, segment fruit and remove membrane. Dice fruit and tomato; set aside.
  4. Finely julienne peel and set aside.

To prepare tuile

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190oc).
  2. In medium bowl, whisk together butter and sugar. Add salt and orange juice. Add flour, whisking until combined well. Add egg whites, mixing until smooth.
  3. Spoon 1 tsp of the batter on to cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Using pastry brush, spread batter into a very thin circle. Do not crowd too many wafers onto cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly golden. Makes about 20 wafers.

To prepare syrup

In small saucepan, over medium-high heat, combine water and sugar; bring to a boil. Add mint. Remove from heat and transfer to food processor, puréeing until smooth. Pass through sieve, pushing through with back of wooden spoon.

Finishing

  1. In medium bowl, combine fruit, tomato and syrup, mixing well.
  2. Meanwhile, poach eggs in water and vinegar, 3 minutes. Remove and plunge eggs into ice water.
  3. Preheat oven to broil.
  4. Divide fruit mixture between plates. Place wafer on top of fruit and top with poached egg. Sprinkle each egg with sugar and place under broiler to caramelize. Serve immediately.

Makes 6 servings.

Source: Gusto

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